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Originally published: 2014-04-19 13:53:51
Last modified: 2014-04-19 13:54:36

One-stop voting for primary starts Thursday

by Allison Haver

The early voting period will take place from Thursday, April 24, to Saturday, May 3, in Watauga County.

During the Watauga County Board of Elections' February meeting, board member Kathleen Campbell said that new legislation restricted polling places from being located at privately owned facilities, such as churches and schools, and the board must utilize the hours of voting operations set by the N.C. General Assembly and come up with its own plan for voting.
 
The new law requires counties to provide the same cumulative total number of early voting hours each county offered for the May 2010 primary.

In 2010, Watauga County had a cumulative total of 272 hours, including 113 hours at the Watauga County Board of Elections office; 89 hours at the Agricultural Conference Center; and 70 hours at the Plemmons Student Union.

The State Board of Elections, which consists of three Republicans and two Democrats, unanimously voted on Monday to uphold the early voting plan for the May primary, which the Watauga County Board of Elections passed on March 5.

The early-voting plan, submitted by county board secretary Bill Aceto, went before the State Board of Elections on Monday afternoon because it was not unanimously adopted.

According to Aceto, the state board suggested an amendment to the plan's voting hours, which was unanimously accepted by Campbell and Aceto. The original plan made it difficult for residents who work full time by having one-stop voting sites which would have been open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Locations, dates and times for one-stop voting for the May 6
Primary Election:

Watauga County Administration Building
-- April 24 to April 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- April 28 to May 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Western Watauga Community Center
-- April 24 to April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- April 28 to May 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blowing Rock Town Hall
-- April 24 to April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- April 28 to May 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Deep Gap Fire Department
-- April 24 to April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- April 28 to May 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meat Camp Fire Department
-- April 24 to April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- April 28 to May 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.